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The Impact of Social Media on Children

The Impact of Social Media on Children
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Author(s): Tuncay Dilci (Cumhuriyet University, Turkey) and Anıl Kadir Eranıl (Karacaşar Primary School, Turkey)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 10
Source title: Handbook of Research on Children's Consumption of Digital Media
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Gülşah Sarı (Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5733-3.ch001

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Abstract

This chapter examines the impacts of social media on children. Advantages and disadvantages of social media are always available. Positive aspects of social media include allowing children to be brought up as multicultural individuals, enabling education and training environments to design for purposes, using as the main or supplementary source of education, a great power in creating and sharing information. Its negative aspects include leading to a reduction of their academic, social, and cognitive skills in the early periods when children were exposed to the social media, causing the children to develop obesity, mostly bringing up as consumption-centered individuals, perceive the world as a screenshot, and have low critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills. Therefore, one of the most important tasks undertaken to reduce or eliminate the negative effects is to raise and educate media-literate individuals.

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